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#337 East Carolina vs.
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Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7:00pm EDT
Spectrum Stadium, Orlando
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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East Carolina Pirates vs. UCF Knights

Where: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, FL

When: Saturday, October 19, 7:00 PM. ET.

The UCF Knights will be trying to bounce back from their loss to Cincinnati when they take on the East Carolina Pirates on Saturday night.

Pirates Going For Third Win In Four Games

The Pirates had their two-game winning streak snapped by the Temple Owls in their last game and will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Knights, which will give them their third win in their last four games and end their three-game losing streak to the Knights.

East Carolina has played well defensively this season, holding opponents to 23.3 points per game. Even though they have held all but two of their opponents under 34 points, they will be tested by the Knights, who are averaging 44.8 points per game.

If they want to avoid getting blown out in this game, the Pirates, who are averaging 20.7 points per game, will need to play significantly better on the offensive end and avoid giving the Knights easy scoring opportunities by turning the ball over.

In their last game, the Pirates scored only 17 points against Temple. Holton Ahlers completed 19 of 39 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns and added 26 yards on the ground. Demetrius Mauney led the team with 45 of their 98 total rushing yards. The Pirates will need to establish the run early to keep the UCF defense from sending pressure on every down.

Knights Going For Second Win In Three Games

The Knights are coming off a loss to Cincinnati in their last game, giving them, two losses for the season, giving them twice the amount of losses that they have had over the last two seasons. They will be trying to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Pirates, which will give them their third win in their last four games and fourth consecutive win over the Pirates.

UCF is one of the best offensive teams in the country, averaging 44.8 points per game. They are averaging 329.5 passing yards per game and 214.8 rushing yards per game, which are eighth and 29th in the country respectively.

They should be able to move the ball with ease through the air against the Pirates, who have one of the worst pass defenses in the country. In their last game, the Knights were held to 24 points by the Cincinnati Bearcats, who played great defense in the second half of the game and held the Knights to eight total points in the second half, after giving up 16 points in the first half.

Dillon Gabriel, who faced a lot of pressure in the game, completed 25 of 46 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Greg McCrae was held to 71 rushing yards and one touchdown for the Knights, who were held to 126 rushing yards.

If the Knights fail to protect the ball as they did against the Bearcats, they will suffer their third loss of the season.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Knights are clearly the better team in this matchup, but they are not the same team that has dominated inferior opponents in the last three seasons. The Knights have a great offense that is averaging 44.8 points per game, and do a great job passing and running the ball. Even though they will move the ball around on the Pirates, they will not dominate the game because the Pirates have played well defensively and are holding opponents to 23.3 points per game. Even though the Knights have won the last three contests between the two teams, they have only won one of those games by more than 33 points.

Prediction: East Carolina Pirates +33

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Knights are averaging 44.8 points per game, but they will stay under their season average against a good Pirates defense that has given up 40 points or more only once this season. The Pirates are averaging 20.7 points per game and will play at or below their season average against UCF’s defense, which is giving up 20.7 points per game, making the under the best bet here.

Prediction: Under 62.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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The UCF Knights will win the first half of this game, but the Pirates will cover the spread because the Knights have played below their season average in the first half of their last three games, averaging 22.7 points per game while the Pirates average 10 points per game.

Prediction: East Carolina Pirates +20

Half-Time Total Bet

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The Knights and Pirates are averaging 32.7 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will stay under the first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under 33
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.